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Raspberry Pi 4 lists HEVC (H.265) video decoding up to 4K@60fps in the spec. I'd like to get some feedback from people who already had a chance to try it out.

  • Is this hardware or software encoding?

  • Does it support the 10-bit profiles?

  • Does it work in common Linux media players which can be installed from the Debian repo (like vlc or mpv), or does a special RPi-only build have to be used?

  • Does it require a license, similar to MPEG-2 on older RPi?

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    When listed in the specs it is hardware capability. Whether the software exists that can talk properly to the hardware, is another matter. – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Jun 25 at 10:27
  • @ThorbjørnRavnAndersen I'm inclined to think that too, considering that HEVC brings an RPi 3+ to its knees, and RPi 4 is not that different CPU-wise. I'd actually like to see a confirmation that it really works on RPi 4. – Dmitry Grigoryev Jun 25 at 12:21
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  • It is a hardware decoder.1 2 No hardware encoder is present.
  • Yes. 2
  • No, as of 17-July-2019 the necessary patches are not in upstream, but exist as an downstream fork of ffmpeg. 3 LibreELEC ("Just enough OS for Kodi") uses it already.
  • No, the cost is included in the price already.

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